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Dynamical facilitation view of glass formers

Garrahan, J-P (Nottingham)
Tuesday 10 January 2006, 09:50-10:40

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


This talk deals with the dynamic facilitation approach to the glass transition problem. This perspective is based on the idea that the interesting structure in glass-forming systems is found in the space of trajectories of the dynamics, rather than that of configurations. In contrast to mean-field approaches, dynamic facilitation naturally accounts for the dynamic heterogeneity of glass-forming materials and related fluctuation phenomena such as transport decoupling. I will describe how in the d+1 dimensions of trajectory space one finds order-disorder phenomena that can be organized according to scaling and universality classes. Various predictions from this viewpoint, some yet to be verified experimentally, will be discussed.


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